Hi, I’m Kate McConnell! I’m a Midwest girl who’s passion for climbing started a little later in life than most. I was born and raised in Indiana and am currently based out of Indianapolis. At age 23, I had my first taste of outdoor climbing in the Red River Gorge and immediately knew that this was a sport and lifestyle meant for me. Before that, I studied Musical Theatre at Vincennes University and earned my associate’s degree in Social Science. Now at age 28, I’m a full-time Route Setter and dirt bagger living out of my vintage camper.
Studying art helped bridge the gap between my artistic passions and climbing passions, which inspired me when I started route setting. Being able to not only make beautiful rock climbs but actively build my climbing community’s skills through these creations is incredibly soul-fulfilling. One of the biggest turn-ons about this sport is the continuous support and psych from one climber to another. Whether it comes from a friend or just a stranger at the crag. Testing my physical and mental abilities outdoors and re-creating those challenges indoors for others to climb and conquer is a feeling like no other! I’m continually working hard to better my skill set and connect with people in our fast-growing community.
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Who’s Pad Is That Anyway?
Now more than ever, we feel it’s important to acknowledge each other. To give room for everyone to exist within our climbing community. Hopefully, it returns to us as well.